Catch! - Recreational fishing news from Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, Western Australia
Issue No.43, April 2019

Fish safe and sustainably this Easter

Whether you're chasing salmon, dhuies, crabs or herring this Easter, have fun - but put your safety first and don't forget to stick to the fishing rules. 

With safety in mind, we strongly encourage you to stay off the rocks and keep the sand between your toes as no fish is worth risking your life for.

But if you choose to fish from the rocks, we recommend you wear a Type 1 lifejacket and rock fishing boots and follow these rock fishing safety tips on Recfishwest's Fish and Survive website.

And to ensure there will be plenty of fish for future make sure you're across all the fishing rules - the rules are there to ensure our precious fish stocks remain sustainable and WA recreational fishing remains world-class. 


Demersal fishing for the future

Fishers can place unnecessary pressure on fish stocks by continuing to fish for demersal scalefish once they have reached their bag limit, even if they intend to release their catch. 

A number of demersals will die after release as a result of barotrauma (the expansion of gases in a fish’s body due to a sudden decrease in pressure) poor handling, hooking injuries and being picked off by sharks.

You can play your part in ensuring there will be demersals for the future by either stopping fishing once you’ve reached your bag limit or by targeting other species in the nearshore environment – such as trolling for pelagic fish like Spanish mackerel or fishing for whiting or squid.


Stay safe and stay off the rocks at Salmon Holes

With big swells predicted over the holidays at Albany’s Salmon Holes, we are urging fishers to keep the sand between their toes and fish from the beach rather than the treacherous rocks.

But if you do choose to go there, we remind you it is now compulsory to wear type 1 lifejackets on the rocks at Salmon Holes – whether fishing or not.

You will often have a better chance to catch a hard-fighting Western Australian salmon from the beach as they school up and chase herring in the sandy gutters in the surf-break zone.


Big Bremer Bay black bream bust

Our Fisheries Officers caught three fishers in possession of 71 black bream at the Pallinup River near Bremer Bay – the daily bag limit for the species is six per fisher.

In an unrelated incident the following day, two fishers were apprehended in the same area with 34 black bream in their possession.

If convicted, these fishers can expect to receive significant fines for exceeding the daily bag limit and possession limit for black bream.


Salmon beach fishing and Salmon Holes images courtesy of Recfishwest